Optimal digestive health depends on waste and toxins continually moving out through the bowels. Providing your digestive system with healthy food and good microbes will enhance your ability to properly digest all the foods you eat. Furthermore, good bowel habits can help prevent many common bowel conditions and keep other body systems working properly. It’s important to stay regular.
A fine balance exists between the bacteria found in the bowels and the ability of the intestines to defend against disease. Prebiotics such as inulin and fructooligosaccharides (found in bananas, leeks, garlic, and onions) increase the effectiveness of the microbes in the intestines, giving a natural boost to your immune system.
Unfortunately, imbalances can occur, sometimes leading to painful and embarrassing symptoms. The following information may help pinpoint common bowel conditions. Continue reading “Tips to Stay Regular”
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help overthrow harmful bacteria that can cause a whole host of illnesses. They also prompt your immune system to fight off disease. Basically they help maintain and even restore health.
Probiotics are particularly important when taking antibiotics. Antibiotics do not discriminate between good and bad bacteria – they tend to wipe out both. Taking a good, high dose probiotic like Pathway 35 Billion will help restore beneficial microbes that are destroyed by antibiotics.
The key is to take the probiotic and antibiotic several hours apart, so they aren’t cancelling each other out. I recommend taking one capsule of Pathway 35 Billion Probiotic 2 hours after an antibiotic dose. After you are done with the round of antibiotics, take one capsule per day for a month. If you are one of the unfortunate people who experience antibiotic associated diarrhea, this may even help reduce it. For more information regarding Pathway probiotics, contact Village Green Apothecary.
Right about this time of year the produce aisle of the grocery store starts feeling less than inspiring. In-season options are limited to storage vegetables like potatoes, onions and winter squash, which are getting old. Citrus is delicious, but you can only eat so many oranges and grapefruits.
So where do we turn to entertain our palates until spring? What’s in season when nothing is in season?
The traditional answer is fermented foods! Think sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha. Continue reading “Fermented Foods: In-Season in the Off Season”
April is around the corner and hopefully so is the nice weather! This is a great time do some spring cleaning for your body, and not just your house. Cleanses can be difficult and limiting, but there are simple things that anyone can do to feel more energized and healthy. By following a cleanse filled with high fiber and nutrient-dense foods, you give your body the opportunity to “clean out the pipes.”
Here are some tips to get you on your way:
1. Skip the caffeine: Coffee and sodas are acidic, as well as act as diuretics. Instead of coffee, I recommend drinking herbal tea, green tea or white tea for the antioxidant effect and to help you get rid of any coffee withdrawal headaches.
2. Eat lots of colorful foods: Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, filled with minerals, vitamins and plant chemicals called phytonutrients that prevent and even help treat disease. Continue reading “Spring Cleaning for Your Body”